The Occasional Woman — A New Fashion Accessory?

| May 18, 2020
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Hi there, lovely readers! It became obvious to me yesterday that “spring” is on its way out, and the thing we call “summer” is upon us. How are to welcome it-especially during these days of quarantine?

My first suggestion is an old favorite — accessorize. And what is our most important accessory? You guessed it — a face mask. Certainly, it is the most trendy item we can sport these days, and if we have the opportunity to leave our domiciles, we MUST put one on. Masks are generally a rectangle of cloth, with ties or elastic to keep it on the face. We who sew have been churning them out for months lately; they are now available online (like everything else!) and can be ordered.

Not only are many of them pretty, they can help save the lives of all the people near you, and your life, too. As a small bit of cloth, its powers are so important — not just to you, but to every person around you.

The proper and improper ways to wear your mask.

Here are some masks tips:

1. Over and behind the ear masks — these are so convenient! Just hold the mask to your face, and slip the elastics over your ears. Done! Issues — Earrings. I have lately eschewed my beloved big-ass silver hoop earrings, as they can get all bollixed up in the elastics; I’m okay with this, as someday the plague will end, and I can go back to wearing them, as I will still be alive.  

2. Hair. Should you be a wig enthusiast, try putting the mask on before you wig — then adjust it as if everything was normal. Add in a wee bit of extra time for adjustments, or practice at home first. What else were you going to do? Where were you planning on going? Now that we are almost always at home, you have plenty of time to get it right.

3. Makeup. This is a swell time to stop using a lot of foundation, (and beard cover) especially around your mouth and lower-face region, or invest in some pre-wash spray cleaner, like Shout spray or roll-on. And — spend a while experimenting with new and different eye makeup techniques. We now have a ton of time to learn how to get false eyelashes on our eyelids, as opposed to our nose. Or how to apply mascara so it doesn’t look like our face has been colonized by tarantulas.

4. For a mask that ties, you now have literally hours to practice with your nimble fingers on this. First, try using a wig-stand — get familiar with just how to tie little ribbons so they stay put. Next, move on to your own personal head — get proficient sans wig, then with wig. Get good at it — nobody wants to get dressed and then get sweaty from frustration and suddenly large fingers.

It’s gonna be “hawt” soon — and let us all do our best to stay alive and smart through this temporary time. Consider that a mask will go a long way towards keeping you and everyone you meet alive. I don’t love it any more than the rest of you, but I am not finished with living well and fashionably just yet!

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I am a native Californian who has been based in the Philadelphia area since 1984. My first CD fashion creation was a gold lamé dress for the now esteemed editor of this publication. Since then I have made tons of fabulous frocks and other fashion apparel for the crossdressing and transgender community. Contact me for custom clothing or alterations via email: Visit my Facebook page, @alterationsbylorraine

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  1. clewis clewis says:

    I’ve already found that one of the advantages of wearing a mask is that it’s presently possible to go almost anywhere that’s open, without having to apply much makeup. In addition, the right mask style helps to smooth out one’s facial contours. It’s a good time to begin gaining some public confidence, if one is not ordinarily accustomed to being out!

  2. Diananicoleb Diananicoleb says:

    I’ve noticed and thought to myself why do I bother putting any makeup on and all you can see is my eyes with a mascot. But believe it or not it seems to bring out the feminine features better. I have also found that with a wig he could still easily use the master Clips on the ears. Much easier than one that has an elastic that goes over the head. Of course with those I fear pulling loose the wig LOL initially with all the angry edgy somewhat crazy people that were in the food store I feared going in as Diana because although in the past they have been very accepting I fear they may not be as accepting during this time. But as I have tested the waters each week and as the crowd has calmed down it has been okay so far with me going dressed as Diana